Conjoint Senior Research Fellow - The University of Queensland & Princess Alexandra Hospital
Dr Emma Finch is a Conjoint Senior Research Fellow between The University of Queensland and the Princess Alexandra Hospital Speech Pathology Department. Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons Class I) from the University of Queensland in 2003 and was also awarded a University Medal at this time. Emma subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Queensland in 2008 and was awarded a Dean’s commendation for her doctoral thesis. Following the completion of her PhD, Emma entered fulltime clinical work as a speech pathologist, with a focus on neurosciences and rehabilitation. Since August 2010, Emma has been employed in a conjoint research position (part-time since 2015). Emma also works clinically as a speech pathologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Emma’s research themes have a strong clinical basis and are focused on the assessment and rehabilitation of communication disorders associated with acquired neurological conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury and brain tumours. Emma is also interested in approaches to enhance the participation of individuals with acquired communication difficulties, such as communication partner training, and research capacity building of speech pathologists.
Emma has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and been awarded 17 grants (11 as CIA) from a variety of local and national funding bodies. Emma has supervised 17 Honours students and 4 PhD students to completion, and currently supervises a further 2 Honours, 1 MPhil and 4 PhD students. Emma provides mentoring and research advice to speech pathologists conducting research at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and lectures speech pathology students at The University of Queensland in areas related to her research and clinical expertise.
Emma has been identified as a future leader in stroke rehabilitation and brain recovery by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery, and is a research affiliate of the NHMRC CRE in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation. Emma is a member of The University of Queensland School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Knowledge Translation Subcommittee, member of the Stroke Foundation’s Living with Stroke Guidelines Working Group, Deputy Chair of the Facebook Dissemination Team for the Collaboration of Aphasia Triallists (CATS – an international group of aphasia researchers), and editorial committee member of Speech Pathology Australia’s Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology.
Research interest and experience: stroke, aphasia, acquired brain injury, research capacity building